So you got a shiny new Ipod Touch for Christmas, and heard that you can get the Iphone apps on it but not sure where to begin? Well my friends, it’s called Jailbreaking your Ipod, and with a little help from friends Google and Youtube you will soon find yourself with an even better product than you even thought!

The basic going on is this. New Ipod Touch’s come with Firmware 1.1.2 so in order to complete the Jailbreak you will need to DOWNGRADE the firmaware back to 1.1.1 which can be downloaded from sources (use Google, and there are a number of Youtube guides that will run you through the process and give you links). Once this has been completed you will also need to run the Jailbreak app on your PC or Mac (I used a Mac to complete my Jailbreak) and a good 15 minutes and 3 or 4 restarts later you will be able to get your Ipod to update back to Firmware 1.1.2

So now you will be taken back to your springboard and should notice two new apps, OpenSSH and Installer. Click on installer and using your WiFi it will open up a program that has pretty much EVERY app you will ever need. Here you can install all the beloved Iphone apps including Google Maps, weather, stocks, Mail and all that which work as intended, I especially love the mail app :)

 BUT then there are another group of cool apps such as Ebooks, Sketch, Apollo (fills in all you IM needs with MSN, Yahoo, AIM and ICQ) and my two favourite apps Summerboard and MobileScrobbler

Summerboard changes the springboard from the plain back background to anything you want in the way of sexy looking themes!

┬áMobile Scrobbler is a program for LastFM users. Insert your information and it will scrobble your plays directly to your site. If you are in a non WiFi area it’s ok, MobileScrobbler will just queue your songs and when you connect to your WiFi will update you page for you!

All in all, Jailbreaking your Ipod opens up a world of possibilities that make it an even better device!